Multi-Color Corp. and Buriot International Inc. are teaming up their sales and marketing of in-mold labels.
Multi-Color of Cincinnati specializes in high-volume production of gravure-printed, in-mold labels for blow molded bottles. It developed in-mold label technology about 20 years ago. It also makes printed paper gum wrappers and gift wrap.
Buriot, a 2-year-old outfit in Batavia, Ohio, prints plastic materials in short to medium-length runs using ultraviolet-offset and UV-flexo presses. It also makes in-mold labels for injection molding. It is a sister company to Pierre Buriot SA of Fougerolles, France, a major printer of the in-mold labels in Europe.
The firms' complementary processes will allow customers to buy labels from a single source, said Gordon Bonfield, Multi-Color president and chief executive officer.
Buriot International began production a year ago in Batavia, said the firm's president, Phil Courtier. Besides, the operation prints flexible packaging and makes labels for blow moldiing and post-mold uses. Courtier did not disclose his firm's sales or sales for private Pierre Buriot.
Bonfield said his company's sales are about $50 million annually. It runs four gravure presses in Scottsburg, Ind., and makes gravure printing cylinders in Erlanger, Ky. In March Multi-Color shut down an inefficient Cincinnati production plant and transferred printing operations to Scottsburg. It spent about $4 million to expand Scottsburg to 56,000 square feet. Multi-Color will double the plant's space by year-end and move finishing operations there from a leased site.
Both Multi-Color and Buriot buy polyethylene and polypropylene films to convert to labels.